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A Big Guy Took My Ball!

(Elephant & Piggie #19)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  5,000 ratings  ·  471 reviews
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In A Big Guy Took My Ball! Piggie is devastated when a big guy takes her ball! Gerald is big, too...but is he big enough to help his best friend?
Hardcover, 58 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by Hyperion Books for Children (first published May 1st 2013)
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Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Elephant and Piggie reach new heights with this book, sure to have the young reader curious and laughing in equal measure. Piggie comes to her friend to explain that a big guy took her ball. Gerald wants none of this bullying behaviour and agrees to come to Piggie’s aid. He pushes his trunk into the air and rushes over, only to discover that ‘big guy’ is an understatement. However, with a couple of smooth sentences and an open mind, Gerald is able to diffuse the situation and bring Piggie some ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Caterina by: Ophelia the children's librarian
These Mo Willems learn-to-read books are so witty -- visually as well as verbally. The complex facial expressions and body language of the characters belie the simplicity of the line drawings. And the stories and character (read: human) interactions are nuanced and maybe a little subversive. This one in particular exceeded expectations.
Amar Pai
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
The “big guy” reveal made me LOL
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Once again, we love, love, love Mo Willems! This was a great one that held the attention of all my children, both the 5 yr old and my 3 yr old twins. Not enough words to merit a level one reader book but a wonderful story that's a fun read for both children and adults alike. Two thumbs up! ...more
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great book ! I’ve just about exhausted my Indigenous children’s book exploration so now I’m diving into some picture books in my school’s library. Great message, well illustrated and award winning. There’s definitely cross over appeal for Comics fans.
Kristen Dutkiewicz
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Another good one from Mo Willems! What type of animal could be bigger than Gerald the elephant...
Ashley Adams
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, fiction
Elephant and Piggie make yet another friend.
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: readin2013
I've enjoyed every Elephant and Piggie book Mo Willem has published. True, sometimes it's merely strong liking and not absolute LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. But the series as a whole are practically perfect in my estimation! Mo Willems does everything exactly right time and time again.

This adventure starts with Piggie telling Gerald a story. She found a ball, a big ball. It was the best ball ever. She was having so much fun until a "big guy" came and took "her" ball. It was AWFUL. Piggie is outraged. Gera
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-picture-book
Mo Willems has always had a knack for complex expressions in cartoonish characters, but A Big Guy Took My Ball elevates this skill beyond anything we've seen from him before: Piggie's crushed, thousand-mile stare at the loss of her big ball (it was, after all, "SO FUN"), Gerald's righteous fury and eventual cowed reaction to the Big Guy in question, and the Big Guy's own wordless, slumping disappointment from his introduction are all marvelous.

Elephant and Piggie stories are always fantastic for
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read each new Elephant and Piggie book with a bit of trepidation: after all, how can Willems keep writing such wonderful stuff? Surely he's going to plateau here, right?

But no, he keeps on producing terrific new titles with these lovable characters. I love the simplicity of his art--like the pink cheeks on Gerald when he sees the "big guy" for the first time. I love the pacing in this book. I love the friendship dynamics between Elephant and Piggie and all their cronies. Willems just gets the
Brady Stevens
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a great book that young kids starting in preschool to elementary school can relate with. This is a funny story of a playground mixup that the readers can easily relate themselves with. It is a clever book that teaches misunderstandings and conflicts.
Willems, M. (2013). A big guy took my ball! New York: Hyperion Books for Children.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Grades K-1
Funny! Piggie wants Gerald to help him get his ball back from a big shark. Another great friendship story. Illustrations will have you laughing big time! I would buy for my school. Highly recommended for Grades K-1.
Miss Sarah
Piggie's ball has been taken by someone very big. Can Elephant get it back. great big and little themese. toddler and up ...more
I love these two. Elephant and Piggie in French bring me so much joy!!!
Chloe Chance
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Piggy found out that the big guy who took her ball was the one who bought the ball so piggy said why don’t we play a game so they did
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My favorite part was when piggie thought, "my hero!" about elephant. ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leila-books
This is such an important story of how we all think “facts” based on our perceptions without actually knowing. Both sides were thinking negative of the other side when all It took was courage from one
To talk to the other. How important it is for us not to judge based on what we see, and rather on what is in the heart.

Leila: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟: the pig said a big guy took my ball. In the end, they were friends
Aleska Sever
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Personally, I am a great admirer of the books of Mo Willems because through his short stories can address issues and conflicts that end up being resolved. This book is about a little piglet who is looking for his friend the elephant to help him retrieve the ball that a big guy grabbed. Taking into account the types of books, this is considered an animal stories. The story is written in simple sentences, with dialogs locked inside a speech bubble of the color corresponding to the character. This ...more
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Shelves: children-s-lit

School Library Journal
( July 01, 2013; 9781423174912 )

PreS-Gr 1-Once again Willems observes truths about human behavior through the eyes of Gerald, an elephant, and Piggie. The premise this time is that Piggie's recently acquired ball has been snatched by some unknown creature, one so big that Piggie begs Gerald to intervene. But Gerald's perceived power and genuine desire to help his smaller friend cannot provide him with sufficient courage once he sees t
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
1. Have you ever had someone take something that belonged to you? How did it make you feel? In this book "A big guy took my ball"
someone took piggies ball and he ask's Gerald to help him. We have been learning that the author writes the words and the illustrator draws the pictures. This is one of those special books where the author and illustrator is the same person! Does anyone remember reading "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" or "Don't let the Pigeon Stay Up Late"? The author an illustra
What can I say? I love them more and more with each book. Best illustration: Piggie's broken heart. Favorite part: hard to pick. I have a few. I read it aloud to my roommate, because all E&P books must be read aloud. :-) One day I will be able to memorize some of these books and then enact them with my E&P toys. However, as cute as the toys are, I don't think they'll ever be as cute as the illustrations. Nor could I be as brilliant as the illustrations.

Great lesson at the end, too.

9/18/13 I thin
Shanna Hurd
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Kids love Elephant and Piggie, and it is easy to understand why. In this latest book in the series, Piggie is upset because a "big guy" took the ball she had found. Gerald, a pretty big guy himself (being an elephant), offers to get her ball back. However, the "big guy" is even bigger than Gerald. Of course, appearances aren't what they first seemed, and a solution is found that makes everyone happy.

This book is great for children. With just a few words per page, beginning readers can feel conf
Morgan Logan
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
In this Piggie and Elephant story, the theme deals with friendship. Piggie gets “his” ball stolen by a BIG guy and Gerald tries to get it back for him. Gerald soon realizes that he’s not as big as the other guy and cannot get Piggies ball back. By the end of the story they realize the ball really wasn’t Piggies and it was the big guys (who was a whale) and they end up all playing together. This is a cute interactive story that I think many young children would enjoy. This book is written by Mo W ...more
Beginning readers will enjoy being able to read this title on their own since many of the words are repeated but in an engaging way. Piggie approaches her friend Gerald with the news about how much fun it was to play with a big ball she found. But her fun ended too soon when some big guy took it away from her. It's Gerald to the rescue, all steamed up about looking out for his smaller friend--until he sees how big the other guy is. It turns out the ball belongs to a whale that is just looking fo ...more
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes the series
As usual WIllems provides a twist that will surprise the kids even if the adults see it coming but he also throws in an additional twist that even the adults may find surprising. I read this really quickly so do need to go back and read more slowly to pick up the more subtle parts of the story.
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Here I thought piggie was being bullied but in actually he had a ball that didn't belong to him. The whale said to them you found my little ball. The whale was willing to share the ball because he said all the little guys have all the fun. Go figure!! ...more
My favourite of the last few Elephant and Piggy books--it's cute, funny, and entirely kid-friendly, which I haven't always found, for example, "We are in a Book?!" to be. ...more
Edward Sullivan
May 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: early-readers
Big and small in perspective.
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
My love affair with eyeballs drawn by Mo Willems continues.
Brenda Kahn
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I adore Elephant and Piggie. Piggie found a very big ball and was playing with it when a big guy took it! Gerald is going to be a good friend and get it back for her. Or is he?
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#1 New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems is best known for his Caldecott Honor winning picture books Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale.

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